plebiscite


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pleb·i·scite

 (plĕb′ĭ-sīt′, -sĭt)
n.
1. A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal: The new constitution was ratified in a plebiscite.
2. A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.

[French plébiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum : plēbis, genitive of plēbs, the people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + scītum, decree, from neuter past participle of scīscere, to vote for, inchoative of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·bis′ci·tar′y (plə-bĭs′ĭ-tĕr′ē, plĕb′ĭ-sĭt′ə-rē) adj.

plebiscite

(ˈplɛbɪˌsaɪt; -sɪt)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a direct vote by the electorate of a state, region, etc, on some question of usually national importance, such as union with another state or acceptance of a government programme
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any expression or determination of public opinion on some matter
[C16: from Old French plēbiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum decree of the people, from plēbs the populace + scītum, from scīscere to decree, approve, from scīre to know]
plebiscitary adj

pleb•i•scite

(ˈplɛb əˌsaɪt, -sɪt)

n.
1. a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question.
2. the vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country.
[1525–35; < French < Latin plēbīscītum decree of the plebs =plēbī (for plēbis, plēbēī genitive singular of plēbs, plēbēs plebs) + scītum resolution, decree, neuter past participle of scīscere to enact, decree, orig., to seek to know, inchoative of scīre to know]

plebiscite

A vote in which the whole electorate is asked to decide on a particular issue.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plebiscite - a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
vote - the opinion of a group as determined by voting; "they put the question to a vote"

plebiscite

noun vote, poll, referendum, ballot The future of the country should be decided by plebiscite.
Translations

plebiscite

[ˈplebɪsɪt] Nplebiscito m

plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplébiscite m

plebiscite

nPlebiszit nt, → Volksentscheid m

plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplebiscito
to hold a plebiscite → fare un referendum
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